MetaFest 2020 has been postponed.

We will announce a new date as soon as we can.

Animation Cinema

Our specially created ‘cinema’ will showcase some of the best talent in Scottish animation. Curated by BAFTA-winning CodeBase Stirling tenants, Wild Child Animation, we’ll be shining a light on the brightest new talent to have emerged in recent years. Don’t forget to bring your popcorn!

Animation Zone

Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and change visually. In this area there will be interactive workshops throughout the day exploring stop motion, and character fundamentals. There will be an animation showreel and drop in sessions.

Big Data Show

Part theatre, part workshop, The Big Data Show: Make Your Own Motorised Emoji is about cyber resilience and being a citizen in the digital age. It is about knowing who knows what about you, what you are ‘agreeing’ to when you download an app, how to live with the challenges of social media… and it’s a lot of fun.


Some of the country's leading production / curation / installation studios, including We Throw Switches and Biome Collective will be demonstrating their site specific interactive installations. Think you know video games? Come and explore new frontiers in games, digital art and technology.

Digital Art Installation

We are delighted to be showcasing Scottish Ballet’s first ever Digital Artist in Residence, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, who built on his digital artistic practice by collaborating with three choreographers and composers to create Technology// Mythology//Allegory — a series of three new works. Each work exists in the real world as a live performance and in the virtual world as a film, drawing on tools including motion capture and 3D rendering. Zachary has long been drawn to Greek mythology, and each work is inspired by a well known story: Prometheus and Epimetheus, The Fates and The Three Graces.

Discovery Zone

Showcasing our local network with interactive drop in sessions in coding, raspberry pi, makey makey and more. Explore the range of digital learning in Stirling’s schools and discover tech leaders of the future.

Family Friendly

MetaFest is a festival for everyone and we’ve gone to every effort to make the whole family feel welcome. As well as activities for all ages, we have a family picnic area with high chairs and microwave, quiet space, baby changing facilities and pram parking. So please bring the entire clan.

Fringe Venue: Creative Stirling

Creative Stirling hosts a digital art exhibition and a creative robotics workshop as part of this year’s festival. A selection of work by current BA Digital Media third year students will be on display on digital screens in the gallery space. Elsewhere, the robotics session will allow young people to learn about digital robotics, relative hardware and emerging technologies.

Fringe Venue: The Engine Shed

Take a virtual tour and stand in awe of Orkney’s 5000 year-old Maeshowe, one of Europe’s finest chambered tombs and join in The Engine Shed’s Master Builders event.The Maeshowe virtual reality and iPad app are 3D digital explorations of the interior and exterior of this outstanding tomb.

Games Zone

Scotland is home to over 80 independent games companies. Combining technical knowhow with a rich creative flair, come and pit your wits against some of the country’s leading indie games.

LevelUp Zone

Our LevelUp zone will introduce young people to the varied and wonderful world of tech. From coding, to robotics, animation, digital art and so much more. Alongside drop-in LevelUp sessions, there will be six bookable Bring Your Own Grown Up workshops: choose to explore the coding world of CodeCombat, or learn how to program a micro:bit!

Maker Zone

Our maker zone in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs will be a place for hands on learning to explore rapid prototyping with high tech and no tech tools. From 3D printing, Build a Computer workshops and Make a Balloon Powered Car drop-in sessions.

Sensory Zone

A unique interactive, musical sensory space for all. A multi-sensory, audio-visual pop-up playground where sound, animation and interactive technology collide. Suitable for children of all ages, this magical sensory space invites its visitors to create soothing musical landscapes using objects and tactile materials, turning the space into a playful digital instrument.

VR Zone

Award winning CodeBase Stirling tenants Seymour Powell are specialists in Experiential Design, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Sample first hand some of their cutting edge VR applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is MetaFest postponed?

    Yes, we are very sorry to say that MetaFest 2020 has been postponed and will not be going ahead due to our growing concern about COVID-19. This is really sad news, but the safety and well-being of everyone at the festival comes first and as such, we believe it’s the right thing to do.

  • Will you reschedule?

    Yes, absolutely! As soon as we are able, we will announce a new date. Please sign up to the newsletter to be the first to hear.

  • Will my tickets still be valid for a new date?

    Yes, all bookings for workshops will be honored for the new date.

  • Who is MetaFest for?

    Anyone who is curious about the world of tech and digital. Absolutely everyone is welcome, techies and non-techies alike. From young children keen to explore the latest cutting edge digital tools and students seeking inspiration for future careers, to those looking for a change in direction and parents keen to support their children’s digital journey.

  • What age is MetaFest suitable for?

    All ages. Seriously, there are activities for babies and toddlers, through to teenagers and adults. Bring the whole family.

  • How do I buy a ticket?

    Tickets are FREE. Yippee! And you can get one HERE.

  • Is it wheelchair/pram friendly?

    Yes. There are accessible ramps at the front and back of the building. There are accessible toilets on the ground floor. Just ask a member of the MetaFest team if you need any help.

  • Do kids need to be accompanied by an adult?

    If aged under 16, yes.

  • Do I need to book the workshops in advance?

    Only if you don’t want to be disappointed. We expect the workshops to book up in advance. We may keep a few spaces back on the day but best to book in advance if you can.

  • How long do the workshops last?

    Workshops are 30 mins to an hour. However, The Big Data Show lasts two hours. Check our booking page HERE for more details.

  • Can I bring my own food?

    By all means, yes. We have a dedicated family eating area with high chairs.

  • Is there a cafe on site?

    There will be a small pop-up cafe, selling coffee and cake. Most dietary requirements catered for.

  • Where can I park?

    The nearest car parks are The Thistles Shopping Centre and Wellgreen multistorey. In addition there is limited on-street parking nearby. There are a limited number of Blue Badge parking bays to the front of the building. Please note there is no parking at CodeBase. More parking info HERE.

  • Do you have baby changing facilities?

    Yes, we have a pop-up baby changing area, with spare nappies.

  • Do you need to be a ‘techy’ to attend?

    Not at all! MetaFest is open to everyone. There are plenty of workshops and drop-in sessions for people of all abilities. Come and have a go!

  • What will I learn?

    Lots! Mainly, that tech and digital will be an increasingly vital role in the future and the opportunities in this brave new world. You’ll learn about the work of some cutting edge tech companies based in Stirling. More importantly, you’ll learn about the varied exciting jobs in the tech and digital sector, the skills valued in those roles and how to go about working in this awesome industry.

  • How do I get to CodeBase Stirling?

    We’re slap bang in the centre of Stirling, opposite the Central Library, and just a five minute walk from the train and bus stations. You can find us on the map HERE.

  • What else can I do when I’m in Stirling?

    You can visit our fringe events at Made in Stirling and the Engine Shed. There’s also plenty of tourist attractions (we have a castle!) as well as great shopping and first class cafes, bistros and restaurants. There more info on how to spend your time in Stirling from our partners Stirling Council and Go Forth BID.

  • I can’t make the festival - do you have any other activities?

    Yes. LevelUp is our programme of exciting digital skills workshops, which inlcudes Prewired coding club, Digital Skills 4 Girls and lots more. They’re all free and you can find out more and book a place HERE.